Government Contract | Massachusetts
Belfry Repair

Bid Information

Bid Alert No: 00002652299

Bid Title: Belfry Repair

Agency Bid No. Title: BD-19-1741-FD003-FD003-63702

Received Date: 06/16/2021

Close Date: 07/14/2021

Purchase Type: Not Stated

Delivery Point: First Congregational Church of Becket, Massachusetts

Delivery Date: Not Stated

Special Notices: Site-Walk 06/26/2021 09:00 AM, Questions Due By 07/09/2021


Specifications include, but are not limited to: Qualified contractors for the restoration of the historic First Church Belfry. The First Church, as standing, is a building built c. 1850 to replace the original chapel which stood to the north. The historic bell, originally cast by Paul Revere, was relocated to the new chapel and placed in a belfry. This bell subsequently cracked and was recast in 1854. The belfry appears to be an afterthought to the building as the structure was not sufficiently integrated into the barn-like timberframe of the main building.The belfry was supported on beams which were added to straddle the front two bents of the main timber structure. The Southern support beam has been compromises by moisture and decay which has allowed the belfry structure to subside, resting structurally on the rafters and causing failure of the adjacent upper purlin. A substantial amount of the lower belfry structure has also degraded.A recent (December, 2020) program of temporary support has arrested movement, but minor water infiltration continues. This temporary structure shall be reviewed for stability by the Architect or Engineer within six months of prior reviews.The current program of restoration shall include:further assessment of uppermost inaccessible structure using a lift by the Architect and Engineer, measurement and assessment of the exterior trim and finishes and furnishing of a summary document of these investigations.Removal of the bell and bell support then temporary weather protection of the belfryPreparation of the belfry for lifting by crane (severing of structure and finishes in suitable location and manner)Removal of the belfry from the building by crane to temporary location and weather protected on the Town Common for workTemporary closure/seal of the chapel roofReconstruction of the belfry (either on the ground to be lifted intact, or in place with suitable material returned) including reinstallation of the bell

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Product Codes: 91000, 91052, 91065, 91400

Agency Information

Issuing Agency: First Congregational Church of Becket

State: Massachusetts

Agency Type: State and Local

Contact: Jack Rodhouse

Phone: 413-623-5014




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